“A hate crime meeting between LGBT activists and city hall representatives did not yield any effective strategies, because legal federal and state protections for transgender populations were non- existent. The absence of legal protection is meaningful for individuals, because it leaves them feeling helpless and demoralized” (Jauk 812).
This quote from a gender based violence study uses rhetoric to explain the implications of being a part of a marginalized community and how this can be institutionalized by the law through cultural prejudices. The language is emotionally charged possibly for the purpose of engaging the reader on a level more personal than factual logic. Jauk uses the law as an example of how culture can affect systemic issues.